Senior Legal Advisor

  • ClassificationIn-house
  • Salary
  • Work typePermanent
  • LocationWellington, New Zealand
  • Posted on14 May 2019
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The Medical Council of New Zealand is the regulator for doctors. They protect the public interest by registering doctors to practise medicine in New Zealand, setting standards, ensuring compliance with those standards and taking action where concerns are raised.  
  
The Medical Council’s vibrant, high performing in-house legal team is growing. Accordingly, an exciting opportunity in Wellington has arisen for an experienced senior solicitor to join the team as Senior Legal Adviser.
  
As Senior Legal Adviser, you will utilise your skills to provide legal advice to Professional Conduct Committees (PCC) investigating concerns about the conduct of doctors. Reviewing and evaluating case management issues, you’ll confidently provide sound legal advice, as well as guide and influence decision-making. You will be familiar with principles of natural justice, comfortable identifying issues and risks, and advising on how best to mitigate these risks.
  
The successful candidate will have a proven track record in litigation. You will be required to prepare cases for prosecution and appear on behalf of a PCC in hearings of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. Your ability to identify opportunities for the Medical Council to improve its delivery of regulatory functions, including recommendations for changes to policy, procedure, and training will also be greatly valued. Experience in the health sector and/ or medical law would be advantageous but is not essential.
  
This is a role that will offer interesting, varied and challenging work. You will be self-directed in your approach to your work, able to think on your feet and enjoy a collegial and professional work environment.
  
To be considered, you will have:

  • a minimum 3+ years of hands-on litigation experience
  • knowledge and experience of the prosecutions process, case law, court procedures and Tribunal processes
  • well-developed communication skills with the ability to produce high quality written work
  • excellent interpersonal skills with a strong commitment to delivering excellent customer service and the ability to deal with difficult situations
  • the ability to be flexible with strong initiative and problem solving capabilities
  • integrity and impartiality
  • professionalism and emotional maturity
  • a commitment to learning and delivering high quality work
  • enthusiasm with a great attitude

If this sounds like you and you’re ready for change, why wait? For a confidential discussion and a position description please contact Jane Wellik at Niche on 04 471 5873 or APPLY NOW.

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